Read it all last night and haven't had a chance to weigh in, here's my two cents. Love the series, liked the issue, but agree on the sentiment that the Remain In Light arc was just too rushed and really didn't fit into five issues. I'd been saying that before now, but if you needed any further confirmation I'd say Roberts himself is pretty much telling you, via inserting a crucial-detail-filled prose story at the end, that he just didn't have enough space here to fully convey everything he wanted. Heck, as some have pointed out, even the prose story seemed crammed with stuff. None of this is a criticism of the content itself, which is still excellent. You have to remember the things in play here. First, this isn't just a Roberts story. Its a Roberts story edited by Barber. His influence is all over this arc, we just don't see it. What do movie makers always say though? It's the editing job that winds up truly defining a movie more than anything else. I don't know the extent to which that is the case in comics but it sure seems like a big factor here. Barber, in turn, has to answer to IDW and an apparent desire for this arc to only *be* a five parter and to wrap itself up in Issue 21. We know how that kinda thing can go; we saw it at the end of Furman's IDW run when they handed the baton completely over to McCarthy for AHM. What has happened to the Remain In Light arc is nowhere near as rushed/convoluted as what resulted in Spotlight: Sideswipe for Furman, but I think the problems are the same. Point being you can't really pin the pacing issue on Roberts alone. Sure he can game plan a story arc in advance, but its gotta be really difficult to say page for page, panel for panel, this will conclude precisely at the last page on Issue #21, period. I can't imagine that's easy for any comic writer, let alone a prose writing background guy like Roberts who always tends to overwrite. My other thing is, I hate advocating death of characters I love, but at some point you just have to let it happen and accept it. I know that may draw the ire of the Split Lip types on here who like to rant and rave against "death in comics for shock value." I see that point. But the reverse problem many have alluded to is now the elephant in the living room: we all kinda realize there's barely any tenable "threat of death" for main characters anymore, some miracle will invariably always revive them. That would be fine, except that the *threat of death* is still being used as the major plot point and attempt at creating drama for pretty much every main character and plot. So, it starts really hurting the plot if the reader knows in the back of his mind, "no, they aren't gonna die, I know that already." Sure, some people will enjoy that cuz they just want to read about the good guys winning and living happily ever after because they love the characters. Fair enough. But this series really works to try to create drama and credible threats, and at some point you have to back those threats up. Tailgate for instance. One of my favorite characters, hell he was one of my favorite Transformers as a kid back in the day when first issued. I *never* had fiction of any kind for him so seeing him center stage like this has been superb, and ever since his disease was announced I've been on edge going "please don't let him die, please." But you know what? He needed to die in that scene. It was a death scene, that bedside scene with him and Cyclonus. It captured a whole lot of TRUTH about death, and life, and friendship, and loss, about not having enough time but wanting a little bit more, it captured things we ALL have to deal with. Not wanting to let go but not wanting to see someone you care for suffer, we've all had to deal with that. It rang TRUE as fiction. It hit home, and it hit hard, and it was well done. Then a miracle happens and it was all just for show. That...didn't ring true. We live in a real world where miracles don't happen. We try our best, we try everything to save those we love from death, we forestall it sometimes, put it off sometimes, but ultimately at some point, we do fail. We always fail, and death takes them eventually, as well as ourselves. Are Transformers a different, fictional species that are harder to kill? Sure. But the emotional range and truths being offered in that bedside scene were so relatable as human elements, I as a human reader really needed a human conclusion. Instead, the miracle ending made me mad and sad. In real life, I'm dealing with a relative who can't get on the list to have a kidney transplant. I've been looking all over the place for the "Great Sword" miracle hail mary. There isn't one. And it kills me. I had to put my dog to sleep last year after 16 years by my side to spare her pain at the end. I thought that was what Cyclonus was doing initially and I felt such a strong connection with the image at that moment and what he had to do to help Tailgate pass on with dignity, and it was strong and beautiful and TRUTHFUL writing. But then, no. Just kidding. Miracles happen in this fiction world, real tragedy is for you poor reader to have to deal with in your real life, tough luck. It was a jab and a bad feeling to read that part. Didn't like it. Part of it, I think, is probably Hasbro influence there. Now that a new MTMTE Tailgate toy is coming out, he can't be killed. I would wonder whether Roberts' initial draft and plan for this series didn't actually have Tailgate pass away, it was written like he did. Remember, in LSTOW, Springer was supposed to die, that was how Roberts/Roche wanted to play it, but Hasbro wouldn't let them. Speaking of LSOTW, I must say again that the Tailgate death would NOT have been for shock value. Rather it would have been the slow, anticipated, inevitable result. Which is what most deaths are like for us in real life. To a lesser extent, Whirl would have been the same way. I thought that was a moment where they could have gone either way, and the decision not to kill him did help with Cyclonus' character development so I was ok with it. But Tailgate, who is a fave character of mine...he needed to go at that moment, it was what felt right.